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July 31, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Ex-Con Sentenced To 25 Years In Fatal 2015 Shooting Of Tennessee Officer
A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police officer in 2015. U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman sentenced Tremaine Wilbourn on Friday in federal court in Memphis. Authorities said Wilbourn shot and killed Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton while the officer tried to detain him in August 2015. Prosecutors said Wilbourn committed a carjacking as he tried to escape after the shooting. 
Associated Press

Off-Duty Georgia Officer Shot, Suspects At Large
Police are searching for two people after an off-duty Georgia State University police officer was shot Sunday night in southwest Atlanta. The officer was walking with her friend on Donnelly Avenue when two men came up to them and tried to rob them about 9:30 p.m., Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said. At the time, one of the men was on a bike, and the other was walking in the 1400 block of Donnelly Avenue, police said. “At some point, one of the males told them to give it up,” Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee told Channel 2 Action News. “A struggle ensued between one of the females and one of the males and the male on the bicycle produced a firearm and fired at least one time at the female.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'It's not what policing is about today.' LAPD Officials React To Trump's Comments About Arrestees
With a history marred by scandal, videotaped incidents and civil unrest, the Los Angeles Police Department made a top priority of shifting the culture of an agency once known for militaristic, cowboy policing into a model of a more modern, progressive law enforcement agency. It's a process that continues today, with some of the LAPD's harshest critics saying the department has made progress. So when President Trump  on Friday  encouraged law enforcement officers to be “rough” with people they arrest, Los Angeles officials quickly rejected his remarks, saying the comments stood in stark contrast to their expectations for police here. “What the president recommended would be out of policy in the Los Angeles Police Department,” said Steve Soboroff, one of five civilian police commissioners who oversee the LAPD.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Holds Street Carnival In Panorama City To Encourage Community Relations
Hundreds of people came out to a stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City for a street carnival hosted by the LAPD's Mission division. Children were smiling and having a blast as vendors provided games and food to keep the families entertained. "I got off from work and I was like OK this is a good time to spend with them and enjoy. They're having fun so it's very nice to have it in a neighborhood," Van Nuys resident Elizabeth Cortez said. For the children, it was all about the thrills on the roller coaster rides. 

Man In Custody Following Stabbings In Canoga Park
A man was in custody Sunday after two men were stabbed near a Burger King in Canoga Park, authorities said. The incident was reported at 10:50 a.m. on Sherman Way at Eton Avenue, said Sgt. Zoltan Mako of Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division. “We're not looking for anybody else,” Mako said. “Injuries were non-life threatening. It arose over a dispute over the sale of something.” Police are still investigating to determine on what charge or charges the suspect would be booked, Mako said. The two victims were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Barricaded Suspect Dies From Officer-Involved Shooting, Not Self-Inflicted Wound
A possibly armed assault suspect who barricaded himself inside a Hollywood motel room died from an officer-involved shooting, not a self-inflicted wound, authorities said Monday. An autopsy showed Jerauld Hammond II, 46, died from multiple gunshot wounds and the manner was listed as homicide, meaning “shot by another,” according to the coroner's website. The Thursday standoff forced an evacuation of the Motel 6 in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue and prompted street closures in the area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police Searching For Missing Girl After Mother Abducts Her From Lake Balboa Home
Los Angeles police are searching for a young girl after her mother abducted her from a home in Lake Balboa on Friday night. Officers were called to a home in the 6300 block of Balboa Boulevard around 8:50 p.m. after receiving reports of a kidnap in process, police said. The girl's aunt, who is believed to have custody of the child, called authorities, according to Sgt. Megan Glaister. “We have a custody issue and a mother that arrived,” said Glaister. “She doesn't have a court issued right to have her child so she took her child. Right now we're in the early stages of trying to locate where she has taken the child.” Police are hoping to locate the girl within the next few hours, Glaister added.

At Least Eight Are Injured When A Car Plows Into A Crowd In The Mid-Wilshire Area, Officials Say
At least eight people were injured Sunday afternoon when a two-car collision sent a van hurtling into a group of people dining at a popular local restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles, police said. The driver of the van, who police said caused the collision when he blew through a red light, was arrested after allegedly attempting to flee on foot, Los Angeles police Sgt. C. Barlow said. Bystanders detained him less than a block away. “He didn't get very far at all,” Barlow said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run. 
Los Angeles Times

Police Search For Burglar In Fumigated South LA House
Two people sought in a burglary were in custody Friday morning and police were looking for a third in South Los Angeles. The third individual was thought to be hiding in a fumigated house covered by a tent, but likely left before police entered the home, according to the LAPD. The other two subjects were caught at about 4 a.m. in the area of Ainsworth Street and Rosecrans Avenue. Details of the crime were not immediately available.

Chicago Giving Departing Inmates Overdose-Reversing Drug, LA To Follow
Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting the nation's opioid epidemic. The Cook County Jail in Chicago, which is the largest single-site jail in the country, has trained about 900 inmates how to use naloxone nasal spray devices since last summer and has distributed 400 of them to at-risk men and women as they got out.

California Seeks Solutions To Homeless Sex Offender Rate
California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them. Sex offenders must register with the state and provide new addresses when they move. Those who are homeless are less apt to keep their locations updated and more likely to commit new crimes. The number of homeless offenders more than tripled after voters banned sex offenders from living near schools and parks a decade ago, and it was thought the number would fall with the Supreme Court's March 2015 decision. 

California's Minor Life-Without-Parole Law Blasted As Unfair
Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man while stealing a bicycle when he was 16. His first sentence was overturned when an appeals court ruled that his confession to fatally shooting William Shadden in 1993 was coerced by investigators. But he was resentenced to the same no-parole term after civil rights attorneys say the courts ignored his youth and difficult childhood. Taylor's case, critics say, demonstrates how California law fails to follow recent rulings by both the United States and California supreme courts and the need for a new law that would automatically give youthful offenders a chance at parole after 25 years. 
Associated Press

Local Government News

Race-Based Attacks On Boyle Heights Businesses Prompt This L.A. Councilman To Take Sides
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar spoke out Friday against the vandalism and race-based tactics being used against art galleries and a coffee shop in Boyle Heights amid gentrification concerns, saying the actions were “unacceptable” and would not be tolerated. Huizar said he shared concerns about displacement and rising costs of housing in Boyle Heights, which activists say has been occurring because of gentrification in the heavily Latino Eastside neighborhood. But he said he but did not like the tactics some activists have been using to voice those concerns. 
Los Angeles Times

2028 Olympics News

Garcetti: LA 2028 Olympics Deal ‘Very, Very Close'
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said Friday that the city is “very, very close” to securing the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. While the city's Olympic bid was aiming to host the 2024 Games, the International Olympic Committee was learning toward awarding the event to Paris. The mayor told reporters Friday morning that he is optimistic that L.A. can work out an agreement with the IOC for the city to host its third Olympic Games in 2028. 


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